Coushatta Mayor Johnny Cox said the “Boil Advisory” for the municipal water system was lifted Thursday morning. The advisory had been issued last Friday. This affected schools, restaurants, businesses and homes that get water from the Town of Coushatta.
Sources at Coushatta town hall say an interruption of the water supply last Friday (February 24th) to repair a fire hydrant on Ringgold Ave. was the reason for the boil advisory. That advisory was in effect until tests of the water supply showed the water was again safe to consume.
All around town, notices were posted on drink machines that soft drinks are temporarily not available. Restaurants made bottled water available to their patrons.
Schools were affected as well. Principal Mike Peter at Red River Junior High School said “the drinking fountains have been turned off. And we’re supplying hand sanitizer because the children have no safe water to wash their hands.”
Peter explained that “we were notified by the town and school board about the boil advisory. And we check daily for the status.” Meanwhile Peter says “we are providing bottled water for students to drink. “ He estimates it costs about $100 a day to supply bottled water to the Junior High.